Encourage water conservation and reuse
Goal 20. Encourage water conservation and reuse
The Town of New Castle’s favorable geographic location within the Hudson River Valley makes it rich with water. However, it is still important that the Town and its residents use water resources intelligently. Projected impacts of climate change in New York State include an increase in frequency of short-term droughts “with weeks of dry conditions punctuated by rains too intense for parched soils to absorb.” Water conservation measures such as adjusting the timing of outdoor sprinkler systems or installation of low-flow shower heads can help to conserve water in dry summer months, or when a “short-term drought” lasts longer than expected. To encourage water conservation, a Town-wide water conservation and reuse program should be established, and Town operations should be examined to assess where water can be reused. The Town should encourage xeriscaping (landscaping that requires little to no irrigation) and alternative graywater and rainwater use/reuse through research and education.